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PhD track en Physique

PhD track en Physique
Program

PhD track in Physics

ECTS Credits

120 (first two years)

Language

English

Orientation

Research

Location

Palaiseau Campus and partner institutions

Course duration

two years (coursework period), followed by a three-year dissertation phase

Course start

September

Degrees awarded

Master’s degree (after the first two years), PhD (on completion of the dissertation)

WHY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?

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Get ready for a PhD by starting research at an early stage

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Be closely associated with the research activities carried out in a world-renowned innovation cluster

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Benefit from individual and personalized supervision by a faculty member

As our world faces tremendous challenges related to environmental needs, energy, transport, information technologies, biotechnology or space engineering, physics provides both a means to address some of the most urgent societal issues and a marvelous intellectual challenge. Physics, in synergy with chemistry, materials science, biology, pure and applied mathematics, computer science, mechanical engineering or economics has been and will remain the driving force for technological progress. Thanks to its versatile methodologies it is moreover a key tool even for problems that are inherent to these neighboring disciplines. Last but not least, physics harbors some of the most mind-bugling scientific revolutions of the last century, such as quantum mechanics or relativity, providing us breathtaking insights into the structure of matter, the nature of light, the life of stars or the Big Bang. Modern research is both a consequence and a direct continuation of this intellectual adventure, continuing the quest for understanding the world around us.

The Institut Polytechnique de Paris with its world-class Research Center covering all fields of physics as well as its interfaces with chemistry, pure and applied mathematics, biology, mechanical engineering, computer science or economics provides a unique environment for students motivated by a PhD Track program.

This five-year PhD Track starts with a two-year period with advanced courses related to the chosen field of study. Students also participate in research projects carried out by Institut Polytechnique de Paris Laboratories involved in the track and attend research seminars. Supervised by faculty or senior  researchers, they benefit from first-class research experience. At the end of the second year, the students who meet the academic requirements receive a Master Degree. Those who have achieved outstanding results and identified a thesis subject and a supervisor in one of the involved Labs are allowed to start a three-year PhD program.

The Physics Department of Institut Polytechnique de Paris hires PhD Track students in all areas of physics. Specific programs exist in the following topical areas :

Students interested in areas of physics not covered above and students interested in Plasma and Laser Physics apply through the present “PhD Track in Physics” program. Other applicants follow the relevant links above. A description of the Plasma and Laser Physics branch is given below.

Specialized Plasma and Laser Physics branch

Plasma physics is one of the priority research axes of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris. This axis is structured by the Universitary Research School (EUR) “PLASMA_ST”. It federates the activity of seven laboratories and teams (CMAP, CPHT, LOA, LPICM, LPP, LSI, LULI) which represent the largest plasma community in France and cover an extended spectrum of plasma domains at the forefront of science and technology. They are organized around three challenging topics:

  • “Plasmas and Energy” faces the issue of energy, one of the great challenges of this century when fossil fuel stocks are declining. It investigates key plasma processes leading to energy losses in gigantic international facilities dedicated to thermonuclear fusion as well as exploratory tracks in nanotechnologies for solar energy;
  • “Plasmas and Space” focuses on space plasmas and more precisely on fundamental mysteries as the energy conversion and dissipation at different plasma scales which remain still unsolved even for the closest plasmas in the solar system. This topic also addresses crucial questions related to plasma propulsion, a promising means to cope with the presently exploding demand of electric propulsion for satellites;
  • “Plasmas and Society” involves several technologies. Laser – produced plasmas offer the opportunity to push the understanding of the matter when it is submitted to ever stronger excitations over ever shorter time scales. They also provide efficient applications in medical radiotherapy and imaging. The tailoring of the chemical reactivity of low-temperature plasmas is of key interest for several crucial applications as nanotechnologies, air pollution control and treatment, plasma assisted-combustion, plasma medicine and agriculture.

These three main topics are interconnected through two transverse axes on Plasma Theory and Numerical Plasmas.

Objectives

  • Provide a coherent training program to students attracted by research, from theory and modeling to experimental physics and applications in various domains
  • Acquire a high level knowledge of the scientific basis related to physics or plasma physics and to their applications
  • Choose a specialization among a variety of fields related to theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, mathematical physics, statistical physics, high-energy physics, biophysics, nanosciences, macroscopic physics and complex systems, lasers and optics, thermonuclear fusion, laser-produced plasmas, space plasmas and low-temperature plasmas, within the rich offer of IP Paris.
  • Integrate into the world of research by spending time within the research Labs, conducting a research project under the supervision of a faculty member, writing a research report and preparing a first manuscript for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal.

The five-year curriculum of the PhD track trains students in cutting-edge research for them to pursue international careers in prestigious universities or leading companies in their domain.

The first two years of the PhD track are based on the Physics [1] Masters year 1 and year 2 at Institut Polytechnique de Paris. Every year, the program of every student has to be discussed and validated by his/her tutor, who is a member of the IP Paris faculty. According to the student’s specialization wishes, the course program will be individualized as much as possible.

For updated information on current research projects and contact details of faculty members working in these areas, applicants are invited to check out the webpages of the laboratories as well as of the “Ecole Universitaire de Recherche” (EUR) in Plasma Science and Training (Plasma_ST).

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

Completion of a Bachelor in physics, with highest honors, at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad.

Evidence of research potential is essential as the main goal of such a PhD program is to train first class researchers.

Students who have completed the first year of an equivalent program may be directly admitted into the second year (4-year PhD program).

Language prerequisites

A certificate of proficiency in English (level B2) is required (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL), except for native speakers and students who previously studied in English.

How to apply

Applications are exclusively online. You will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript 
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)  
  • CV/resume 
  • Statement of purpose

You will receive an answer in your candidate space within 2 months following the closing date of the application session. 

Fees and scholarships

  • Regular fees: 243€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Applications and admission dates

Coordinators for the PhD track in Physics

Coordinators for the Plasma Physics specialization

General enquiry

Description

As our world faces tremendous challenges related to environmental needs, energy, transport, information technologies, biotechnology or space engineering, physics provides both a means to address some of the most urgent societal issues and a marvelous intellectual challenge. Physics, in synergy with chemistry, materials science, biology, pure and applied mathematics, computer science, mechanical engineering or economics has been and will remain the driving force for technological progress. Thanks to its versatile methodologies it is moreover a key tool even for problems that are inherent to these neighboring disciplines. Last but not least, physics harbors some of the most mind-bugling scientific revolutions of the last century, such as quantum mechanics or relativity, providing us breathtaking insights into the structure of matter, the nature of light, the life of stars or the Big Bang. Modern research is both a consequence and a direct continuation of this intellectual adventure, continuing the quest for understanding the world around us.

The Institut Polytechnique de Paris with its world-class Research Center covering all fields of physics as well as its interfaces with chemistry, pure and applied mathematics, biology, mechanical engineering, computer science or economics provides a unique environment for students motivated by a PhD Track program.

This five-year PhD Track starts with a two-year period with advanced courses related to the chosen field of study. Students also participate in research projects carried out by Institut Polytechnique de Paris Laboratories involved in the track and attend research seminars. Supervised by faculty or senior  researchers, they benefit from first-class research experience. At the end of the second year, the students who meet the academic requirements receive a Master Degree. Those who have achieved outstanding results and identified a thesis subject and a supervisor in one of the involved Labs are allowed to start a three-year PhD program.

The Physics Department of Institut Polytechnique de Paris hires PhD Track students in all areas of physics. Specific programs exist in the following topical areas :

Students interested in areas of physics not covered above and students interested in Plasma and Laser Physics apply through the present “PhD Track in Physics” program. Other applicants follow the relevant links above. A description of the Plasma and Laser Physics branch is given below.

Specialized Plasma and Laser Physics branch

Plasma physics is one of the priority research axes of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris. This axis is structured by the Universitary Research School (EUR) “PLASMA_ST”. It federates the activity of seven laboratories and teams (CMAP, CPHT, LOA, LPICM, LPP, LSI, LULI) which represent the largest plasma community in France and cover an extended spectrum of plasma domains at the forefront of science and technology. They are organized around three challenging topics:

  • “Plasmas and Energy” faces the issue of energy, one of the great challenges of this century when fossil fuel stocks are declining. It investigates key plasma processes leading to energy losses in gigantic international facilities dedicated to thermonuclear fusion as well as exploratory tracks in nanotechnologies for solar energy;
  • “Plasmas and Space” focuses on space plasmas and more precisely on fundamental mysteries as the energy conversion and dissipation at different plasma scales which remain still unsolved even for the closest plasmas in the solar system. This topic also addresses crucial questions related to plasma propulsion, a promising means to cope with the presently exploding demand of electric propulsion for satellites;
  • “Plasmas and Society” involves several technologies. Laser – produced plasmas offer the opportunity to push the understanding of the matter when it is submitted to ever stronger excitations over ever shorter time scales. They also provide efficient applications in medical radiotherapy and imaging. The tailoring of the chemical reactivity of low-temperature plasmas is of key interest for several crucial applications as nanotechnologies, air pollution control and treatment, plasma assisted-combustion, plasma medicine and agriculture.

These three main topics are interconnected through two transverse axes on Plasma Theory and Numerical Plasmas.

Objectives

  • Provide a coherent training program to students attracted by research, from theory and modeling to experimental physics and applications in various domains
  • Acquire a high level knowledge of the scientific basis related to physics or plasma physics and to their applications
  • Choose a specialization among a variety of fields related to theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, mathematical physics, statistical physics, high-energy physics, biophysics, nanosciences, macroscopic physics and complex systems, lasers and optics, thermonuclear fusion, laser-produced plasmas, space plasmas and low-temperature plasmas, within the rich offer of IP Paris.
  • Integrate into the world of research by spending time within the research Labs, conducting a research project under the supervision of a faculty member, writing a research report and preparing a first manuscript for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal.

The five-year curriculum of the PhD track trains students in cutting-edge research for them to pursue international careers in prestigious universities or leading companies in their domain.

The first two years of the PhD track are based on the Physics [1] Masters year 1 and year 2 at Institut Polytechnique de Paris. Every year, the program of every student has to be discussed and validated by his/her tutor, who is a member of the IP Paris faculty. According to the student’s specialization wishes, the course program will be individualized as much as possible.

For updated information on current research projects and contact details of faculty members working in these areas, applicants are invited to check out the webpages of the laboratories as well as of the “Ecole Universitaire de Recherche” (EUR) in Plasma Science and Training (Plasma_ST).

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

Completion of a Bachelor in physics, with highest honors, at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad.

Evidence of research potential is essential as the main goal of such a PhD program is to train first class researchers.

Students who have completed the first year of an equivalent program may be directly admitted into the second year (4-year PhD program).

Language prerequisites

A certificate of proficiency in English (level B2) is required (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL), except for native speakers and students who previously studied in English.

How to apply

Applications are exclusively online. You will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript 
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)  
  • CV/resume 
  • Statement of purpose

You will receive an answer in your candidate space within 2 months following the closing date of the application session. 

Fees and scholarships

  • Regular fees: 243€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Applications and admission dates

Coordinators for the PhD track in Physics

Coordinators for the Plasma Physics specialization

General enquiry